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The principal publications of the month are in. | liberately professes to do one thing, and as deliber. cluded in the following lists :
ately performs another. This volume undoubtedly
achieves that not very meritorious feat, and at once History, BIOGRAPHY, TRAVELS, &c.
secures an unenviable position of its own." Memoirs and Correspondence of Mallet du Pan, illustrative of the history of the French Revolution.
Dr. Maddon's Shrines and Sepulchres of the Old 2 vols., a work which the Examiner regards very
and New World, is a work of interest and research, important.
though “paste and scissors” have had quite as much “In some important respects there has not been to do with its composition, as the pen and pencil. any more valuable contribution to our knowledge The author has been a pilgrim “in many lands;" of the first French Revolution. Mallet du Pan had and seems to have made tolerable use of his eyes the singular distinction, throughout those exciting and ears, and of the other faculties with which he events, of maintaining principles equally removed
is endowed. He could hardly be expected to write from monarchical and republican extremes, and he
on such a subject as the shrines and sepulchres of enjoyed the more singular good fortune of escaping ancient and of modern times, in both hemispheres, the guillotine which was repeatedly sharpened for without resorting to many anterior writers: but we him. He lived till after the 18th Brumaire, which
were scarcely prepared for the very abundant use he criticised from the opposite shore. He was one
that he has made of them, and for the manner in of the ablest journalists then existing, and in his which he has transferred to his pages all of theirs later years became the selected adviser and agent that was available for his purpose.” of that exiled family of Bourbons to whom in his earlier he had tendered honest warnings and un
The English Writers of History, is the title of a happily disregarded advice. It will rightly be biographical work, translated from the German of supposed, therefore, that his correspondence covers
Herr Ebeling, but pronounced by the Athenæum to a wide range of persons and opinions, from Voltaire be useless as a guide to historical literature: the on one side of the channel to Burke on the other.”
information offered being too slender and frag
mentary for the student's purposes, even if all that India in Greece, or Truth in Mythology, con- is given were of the best quality, which it is far taining the sources of the Hellenic race, by E. Po- from being. Herr Ebeling's series will not pass cocke, is an ambitious work on an abstruse topic of muster under any literary standard whatever, even ethnology, which is so wild as to suggest to the as a fair catalogue or index librorum, Literary Gazette the idea that it is a jeu d'esprit in rivalry of Dean Swift. It has, however, considera- descriptive of Emigrant Life, by Mrs. Susanna
Roughing it in the Bush, is the title of a work ble pretencions.
Moodie, better known as Miss Susanna Strickland, An account of the Danes and Norwegians in Eng. sister of Agnes Strickland. The Literary Gazette land, Scotland, and Ireland, by J. J. A. Worsaae. sums up its qualities as follows: Mr. Worsaae, whose reputation as an antiquary is Mrs. Moodie's work, unaffectedly and naturally European, was in 1846 commissioned by the King written, though a little coarse, will delight ladies, of Denmark to investigate the memorials of the an- please men, and even amuse children. The book cient Scandinavians, which might be still extant in is one of great originality and interest.” Great Britain. His researches were to extend from
Gutzlaff's Life of Taow-Kwang, the late Emperor the earliest period down to the complete establishment of the Norman sway in England. For this
of China, has just appeared. Though the work of
one who had the reputation of being better acpurpose Mr. Worsaae travelled for a twelve-month in the British islands; and his zeal to claim for his quainted with China and the Chinese than perhaps Danish ancestors the honor of being reckoned any other European, it disappoints the critics. We among the forefathers and founders of the present completely had he assimilated himself to the Chi:
have heard it said by those who knew him, that so British nation, has stimulated him in the investigation of a very neglected branch of English history. not only his modes of thinking but his very physi
nese during his long residence among them, that If that zeal is occasionally a little outré—this is, nevertheless, more than compensated by the many
ognomy had assumed a Chinese cast. From such a curious relics of Scandinavian customs and influence
man-so thoroughly imbued with Chinese opinion in the British islands which his zealous researches
and sentiment, and at the same time still a Eurohave brought to light, and which in some instances pean scholar-we might naturally have expected a
book giving us a close insight into the Chinese and none but a Northman would have been able to trace. It is a very suggestive addition to English histori posthumous work, with all the advantage which it
their ways. The Athenaum says: "Dr. Gutzlaff's cal literature.
have derived from Sir George Staunton's reThe Men of the Time in 1852: or, Sketches of vision, is far from answering to even the least exactLiving Notables, is the title of a book of which the ing notion of what a biography of a Chinese empeLiterary Gazette says:
ror should be to it for English reading. Not “We know of no annual publication which de-only is the style bald and stiff, but there is an almost total want of anything like the true biographic prepared by Mr. Coxe, of the Bodleian, from the art of interweaving interesting and significant par- MS, in that library,—and “Fasti Catholici : a uniticulars relative to surrounding society with the versal chronology,” by the Rev. Edward Gress well. life of the individual selected as the chief subject."
Mr. Bentley announces several important new pub The Political and Historical works of Louis Na lications. The Life and Correspondence of Lord poleon Bonaparte, have recently been published in Langdale, late Master of the Rolls; Corneille and two vols. They include his various writings, -his his Times, by M. Guizot, to appear in England, unexposition of what he calls “Idées Napoléoniennes," der the new International Copyright Treaty, simuland which his translator incorrectly renders "Ideas taneously with the Paris issue; A History of the of Napoleonism,”-and in the prefatory memoir Administration of the East India Company, by Mr. large excerpts from his correspondence are printed. Kaye, the historian of the Affghan war. Lives of All of these have, of course, an interest as so many the Archbishops of Canterbury; Lives of the Prime materials towards the understanding of a noted
Ministers of England. performer in contemporary history. The satis
Dickens' new work, Bleak House, is destined to faction of curiosity, if not of sympathy, is provided
be a favorite. The first number is thus welcomed by for in this seasonable collection of the literary
the Literary Gazette. lucubrations of Louis Napoleon. The reading of the
Mr. Dickens returns to us in “Bleak House" with memoir and the works will awaken at once the the same quaint elaboracy of character and incident, laughing and the weeping philosopher.
developed with the same largeness and simplieity History of the British Empire, from the acces- of heart. He still sees fun where fun is, and good sion of James I. By John Macgregor, Esq., -a
where good is ; and brings his characteristie pow. work by a celebrated and learned writer, yet not ers of description to bear upon the world around well received. The Athenæum says: “If his pub- us with, if possible, a riper and a truer hand. lication is to be received as a practical definition of what he understands by a History of the British
AMERICAN BOOKS. Empire,' we can only say his view is peculiar and Bancroft's new History of the American Revoluunfortunate. He has written something between tion, is warmly received. The estimate of the Atha long lecture on, and a full abridgment of the enæum is abundantly confirmed by the leading history of these islands from Alfred the Great to critical journals. It says :Oliver Cromwell. For certain purposes, and in the “This work must take its place as an essentially hands of particular persons, his book will be use- satisfactory history of the United States. Mr. Banful. In its kind, it is not badly written. The style croft's style is original and national. It breathes of is generally clear, vigorous and rapid. But his ar- the mountain and the prairie. A strain of wild and rangement is exceedingly confused and imperfect." forest-like music swells up in almost every line.
The story is told richly and vividly. In his hands A new edition of Dr. Pye Smith's Geology and American scenery is full of fine effects. Steeped in Scripture, has been incorporated into Bohn's Stand- the colors of his imagination, a thousand incidents, ard Library. The Literary Gazette says, “the la- though dull before, appear now animated and piemented author was thoroughly in earnest, unaffect- torial. In his narrative all is movement. His men edly pious, and a devoted seeker after truth. He glow with human purposes—his story sweeps on succeeded in mastering the literature and much of with the exulting life of a procession.” — Atheneum. the practical knowledge of geology, and spoke out The Life of Justice Story, by his son, is also well his opinions as boldly as sincerely. The leading received. The Spectator says of it:-“In a biogra points of these essays are as telling now as when phy by a son, the reader is prepared to make allowthey first came out."
ances for filial partiality, shown both in commission Lord Palmerston's Opinions and Policy, as Minis
and omission. In the case of Mr. Story the allow. ter, Diplomatist, and Statesman, during more than
ance needed is less than usual. He takes a critical Forty Years of Public Life. By G. H. Francis, Esq. though a favorable view of his father; touching The Standard regards this “a valuable addition to
with truth, if somewhat undervaluing, his defects the historical treasures of our country during more
of diffuseness and want of condensed strength in than forty of the most memorable years in our an.
composition ; which, indeed, naturally arose from nals.”
the extent and multiplicity of his tasks. In the
social aspect the man was probably as faultless as The Literature and romance of Northern Europe. man can well be; his disposition to think well of By William and Mary Howitt. This work consti- everybody, and to be satisfied with every effort, tutes a complete History of the Literature of Swe- except latterly in the case of Democrats, certainly den, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, with Copious not amounting to a fault. In his public and gen Specimens of the most celebrated Histories, Roman- eral character the reader will desire another view; ces, Popular Legends and Tales, Old Chivalrous at present the picture is, so to speak, almost with. Ballads, Tragic and Comic Dramas, National Songs, out shade." Novels, and Scenes from the Life of the Present Day.
The Athenæum, while eulogizing the man, in
clines to censure the biography. “Like the biograThe Oxford University Press is more than usually phies of Romilly and Mackintosh, these volumes active just now. A New edition of the “Life of are a tribute of filial love and reverence; and on Ormonde,” has been 'issued. Burnet's “Lives of this account, as well as from respect for the memothe Dukes of Hamilton” is about to be re-issued, ry of the great American jurist, we were desirous and two new and useful works are in the press, of being able to place the record of so much genius namely, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts contained and worth on the same shelf wlth the former works. in the Libraries of the Twenty-four Halls and Col. We regret to say, that we can accord to these vol. leges which constitute the University of Oxford,” umes no such distinction. Without their diminish.
ing in the least degree, our respect and admiration time made up French society are brought into for Justice Story as a philosophical lawyer and a review, and into that moral juxtaposition which conscientious and amiable man, we are compelled their real influence would indicate. The list is to confess that the perusal of these yolumes has not large, and the delineation admirable. The peculiar afforded us much instruction or pleasure. But if tact, brilliancy, and finesse of the French mind are he intended his work to be read—if he aimed at visible in every touch of the author's pencil. pleasing and delighting others, as well as indulging Some of the sketches are master pieces of character. his own feelings of filial regard, -why did he make painting, while the facts of private history, personal this work so long? The life of his father does not traite, and illustrative incidents are instructive. afford sufficient incident for two thick octavo vol Treating of French characters there is much that
A judicious curtailment of the correspond- must be repulsive, if the delineation be true; but ence, and a brief but clear epitome of the father's we know of no work which, with such successful professional labors, would have been far preferable strokes, brings before the reader the veritable picto the present series of uninteresting letters and of ture of that desolate era which found its natural cases which are much better read in the regular development in the horrors of the Revolution, as Reports."
these volumes present. The Life of Margaret Fuller meets with various Prof. Aytour's Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers, a reception. The Critic opens with a ludicrous de- well-known brilliant series of ballads founded on scription of Transcendentalism, and says: “It was the heroic incidents of Scottish history, and highly with unsated curiosity that we took up these Me- lauded by the British press, has been handsomely moirs of Miss FULLER, who was understood to have reproduced in this country by Mr. REDFIELD. been the Queen of New England's new spiritualism, as EMERSON was supposed to be its king. Nor have The Book of Ballads by Pro. Gaultier, the prince we been altogether disappointed. It is a book of parodists, has also been reprinted by Mr. REDwhich throws ample light on a New England per
FIELD—a most genial and humorous work. Poetic sonality, and on a New England circle, which, in ability and fire are intermingled with the humorous themselves, and from their contrasts with character fancies and broad farce of the poems. They are and circumstances in Old England, are very singu- incomparably the best specimens of comic poetry lar and interesting. Certainly, it is the first chap- of the day. ter of American literary history that we have found
Cousin's Course of the History of Philosophyworth the reading. We may characterize its inter
the memorable prelections of the distinguished est in a single sentence, by saying that what CAR
French philosopher, on his restoration to his chair LYLE's Life of Sterling is to Old England, these Me.
in the University, which have been the admiration moirs are to New. For the rest, it need only be of scholars and thinkers, have been elegantly transadded that to high literary excellence, the work lated by Mr. O. W. Wight, and published in two makes no pretensions."
volumes by the Messrs. APPLETON. Sixteen months in California, by D. B. Woods, Madame Pulszky's popular work, Tales and Trapublished by Harpers, and reprinted by Low, is ditions of Hungary, which was received with rehighly praised. Says the Athenæum: "We have not markable favor in England, and is a work of both seen a better book than this on California. We say intrinsic and relative worth, is republished in a emphatically " better,"—not as respects the writer's handsome volume, by J. S. Redfield, and will be cleverness—though that is respectable enough—but equally a favorite in this country. The last work as regards the sobriety of tone throughout, the evi- of that accomplished scholar, Professor Stuart, of dent honesty of purpose with which it has been the Andover Seminary—a Commentary on the Prowritten, and the exactness of its details in all that verbs—has been published by M. W. Dood, in one relates to the miner's daily life. This is partly to vol. 12mo. It bears the marks of that extensive be attributed to the writer's position and acquire- erudition, careful thought and earnest feeling which ments."
render the author one of the most successful exeHorace Greeley's Glances at Europe, published getes of modern times, and will be an acceptable by DEWITT & DAVENPORT, is reprinted in London. bequest to the wide circle of his admirers. The Critic says they "are the hasty notes of a Visitor The Messrs. Carter have recently republished to the Great Exhibition. There is little of novelty several works of religious character, selected with in them, even for his Transatlantic countrymen; that judicious care which has made their lists one nothing for us, to whom everything described is so of the most valuable and interesting of any house familiar. Nor does his style offer any peculiar at- in the country. The Folded Lamb, a biography of tractions to make old things look lie new." a charming little child, by his mother; Far Off
popular sketch of oriental lands and scenes, by a The Men and Women of the Eighteenth Century, highly successful writer, the author of “Peep of is the title of a brilliant series of sketches of emi- Day; Songs in the House of My Pilgrimage, a colnent personages who flourished in France during lection of devotional poetry for daily use ; Frank the reigns of Louis XV., Louis XVI., and subse- Netherton, a fine juvenile tale, &c. quent to the establishment of the Directory-published in two beautiful volumes, by REDFIELD. The
ITEMS. list includes a great number of names celebrated in - The death of William Thompson, Esq., an emihistory, with not a few whose genins contributed
nent naturalist of Belfast is announced. to the splendor of their era and the formation of the public character, but to whom history has not Robert Blackwood, one of the sons of William done an equal justice. Statesmen, warriors, poets, Blackwood, a name rendered immortal by connecartists, actors, savane, kings, queens, nobles, courte- tion with the celebrated Magazine, recently died in sans all the strangely brilliant circle that at the Edinburgh.
The Wollaston Medal of the Geological So- | printed letter with the printed article, wrote at once ciety, has been conferred on Dr. Fitton, one of the to Mr. Moxon informing him that the letter-by patriarchs of the Science.
whom soever written—was a “crib" from an article Mr. Dickens' generous-hearted labor of love,
which he had written for the “ Quarterly Review." the “Guild of Literature and Art,” is making sub- - Thomas Moore-to be best known hereafter stantial and honorable progress. Three perform by his songs and bis satires-died at Sloperton Cotances of Sir E. B. Lytton's drama lately given, re- tage, near Devizes, on the 26th of last month, in the alized a net profit of 13001. to the institution, which 72nd year of his age. For the last three years bis has now about 40001, in band.
life had been a long disease-not attended with – An industrial refuge for impoverished gentle: ual softening of the brain and a reduction of the
either bodily or mental suffering—but from a gradwomen of rank and station has just been founded, mind to a state of childishness. Swift and Southey under the title of “The Ladies' Guild."
and Scott suffered much in the same way,—but the - Count Demidoff has announced to the Acade. case of Moore was rather like that of his great my of Sciences in Paris his intention to make a so- countryman Swift than like those of his contempo journ of three years in Siberia, -accompanied by raries Scott and Southey. Swift was frequently artiste, men of letters and savans to the number of free from pain-but Southey and Scott suffered twenty-five or twenty-six,
mentally and bodily. Mr. Moore had lived in the - Prof. Blackie of Edinburgh, has been elected to cottage in which he died for four-and-thirty years. the vacant Greek chair in the University of Edin by its
owner in the words of Pope
It is a pretty, unpretending home,-fitly described burgh. He had distinguished competitors-Dr’s. Smith, Schmitz, Prof. Macdonal and Mr. Price.
A little cot (with trees 2-row)
And like its master very low,- A bill has been introduced into Parliament, for abolishing tests in the Scottish universities for all and is separated from the picturesque village of professional chairs but those of the theological fac
Bromham by a small verdant valley, exhibiting ulties. At present every Professor, before induction,
some of the best characteristics of Wiltshire scenery. is required by law to sign the Westminster Confes Thomas Moore was born in Angier Street, Dublin, on sion of Faith, and the other formularies of the Scot
the 30th May, 1780. tieh Established Kirk. Many of the most distin. Archbishop Whately has pronounced against the guished professors in Scotland do not belong to the proposal for withdrawing the grant to Maynooth Established Church of that country. In Edinburgh, College, in Ireland. for instance, Mr. Kelland, Professor of Mathematics, was a Cambridge senior wrangler; Sir William On the first day of the publication of “Bleak Hamilton, Professor of Logic, was an Oxford first House,” Mr. Dickens had the honor of entertaining class man; and Professor J. D. Forbes, Natural Phi
at dinner His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, and losophy, also belongs to the Scottish Episcopal the leading members of the Guild of Literature and Church. It is the same in other universities, as at
Art, including Messrs. Stanfield, Grieve, Stone, Fgg, St. Andrew's, where the Principal, Sir David Brew- | Tenniel, Haghe, Knight, Horne, Bell, Costello, Forster, belongs to the Free Church of Scotland. ster, Cunningham, Collins, &c.
Mr. H. P. Gray, our New York artist, sent two The inhabitants of Schaffhausen have been inaupictures, The Wages of War and Repose, to the gurating a monument to the memory of John-yon British Institution. A critic says: The former is Muller, the great historian, in that, his native town. painted with care, nor are the figures, taken separately, unsuccessful, but the composition is not happy, Madame Sontag, who has been singing at Leipsie nor is the style such as now finds many admirers. for £104 a night (an immense sum in Germany,) is – Mr. Samuel Prout, one of the most distin burg, and purposes visiting the United States, ao
engaged for a short series of performances at Hamguished of English Water-colorists, recently died, companied by Thalberg. much lamented. - The recently published letters of Shelley,
LAMARTINE's new periodical, the Civilisateur, is prefaced by the poet' Browning, turn out to be for receiving fair support. The subscriptions are comgeries!
ing in rapidly, and the first number will appear The discovery was made in quite an accidental shortly. It is stated that General Cavaignae is enmanner. Mr. Moxon had sent a copy of the book gaged in preparing his “Memoirs” for the prese
Frederika Bremer is contributing her Imto Mr. Tennyson. During a visit which Mr. Pal. grave was paying to Mr. Tennyson he dipped into pressions of England during her recent visit
. She the Shelley volume and lighted on a letter writtens
is engaged also on a more elaborate account of her residence in the United States.
—Herr Hartleben. from Florence to Godwin-the better half of which
the publisher at Pesth and Vienna, has just publishhe at once recognized as part of an article on
ed a translation of Mr. Dickens' “ Child's History Florence written for the “Quarterly Review” so
of England.” far back as 1840 by his father, Sir Francis Palgrave. It is good to find a son so well versed in the writing - It is announced that Mr. Ainsworth, the Ori: of bis father as young Mr. Palgrave proved himself ental traveller, is about to proceed to Australia, to be on this occasion. He lost no time, as we may under the direction of the Victoria Gold Mining suppose, in communicating his curious discovery to Company, on a mission to explore geologically the his father; and Sir Francis, after comparing the gold districts of Port Philip.